Effingham Pediatrics Center Grand Opening

May 8, 2023

Dr. Fran Witt, President and CEO of Effingham Health System, shared these comments during the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Effingham Pediatrics Center, located at 520 West 3rd Street in Springfield, Georgia. “Today is monumental and marks a pivotal era that evidences best practices and transformational healthcare—specifically, Pediatric Services to our community. As we… Read more »

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Social Media and Screen Time Usage for Children and Adolescents

July 7, 2021

By Dr. Bailey Alford, Board-Certified Pediatrician We live in a technological age of constant exposure to digital media, whether through cell phones, TV, computers, or video games. Children have become quite proficient in the use of technology as it has now become commonplace in education with some children who were enrolled in full-time “virtual learning”… Read more »

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The Pediatric Mental Health Crisis: A Crisis Within a Pandemic

March 24, 2021

By Bailey Alford, MD The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been far-reaching: disrupting “normal” life in a way unprecedented in modern history. Besides the obvious physical illness this virus brings, the aftermath of fear, anxiety, depression, and disturbed routines has left children across the world in a mental health crisis. Pre-pandemic, according to the… Read more »

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August 10, 2020

By: Dr. Bailey Alford August is National Immunization Awareness Month and a great time to remember and recognize the importance of vaccines during childhood. As a general pediatrician, childhood immunizations are a part of my daily practice and one of the most common topics I discuss with families. Living in the 21 st century, most… Read more »

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Holiday Safety

November 27, 2018

The holiday season can be one of the most exciting times for children but can also pose new dangers. Take away the worry by following advice supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics to make your family’s holidays safe and memorable.

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Childhood Mental Health

October 5, 2018

Much like adults, children and adolescents also suffer from mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders. Learn some of the signs of mental illness in children, and how to find help for a child who is suffering.

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Back to School!

August 2, 2018

Summer is coming to an end which means back to school for children across the country. For most children this means new grade, new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Here are some suggestions to make the transition easier.

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Establishing Healthy Eating Habits

July 15, 2018

A nutritious diet is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Appropriate nutrition for children is largely based on their age and associated caloric needs. Here are some tips for newborns, babies, toddlers, school-aged children and teenagers.

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Safe Summer Traveling – Car seat safety and the dangers of hot cars

June 15, 2018

Summer brings time to spend with family, fun outdoors, vacations, and road trips. Let’s talk about car seat safety – remember never leave your child alone in the car, and double check the car before exiting so a child is not accidentally left in the car. Also, we review child safety seat guidelines by age.

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Fun in the Sun – Summer Safety Tips

May 10, 2018

Summer is quickly approaching and I want to make sure that you and your children are ready to have a safe and fun-filled summer. Let’s talk about water safety, sun safety, and insect repellant.

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